The 2013 Asia Expat Pool Challenge, the third such event, will be held in the ballroom of the Grand Kemang Hotel in Jakarta on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th September when playing times will be:
13th September – 13:00 until 22.oo
14th September – 13:00 until 21:30
The event has grown from just two teams in 2011 – Jakarta and Bangkok, to three in 2012 with the addition of Shanghai and now to 6 cities in 2013.
Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Shanghai, Singapore and the host city of Jakarta will each be fielding teams of 15 expatriate players to compete in the event.
Due to 6 cities participating in 2013, a number of changes in format have been made with the following implications:
1) Teams will be 15 players with unlimited substitutes allowed.
2) Players will now play a maximum of 10 frames in the Challenge instead of the 6 frames that was the case in 2012.
3) The 2013 event will be played over two days.
4) The Meet and Greet Event will be held on the evening of Thursday, 12th September at FEZ DUNGEON from 19:00 until 22:00
5) The “Bar Friendly” event will unfortunately not be held this year, due to so many extra players needing practice venues on Thursday 12th September.
6) For planning purposes, teams need to arrive no later than Thursday 11th September before 2 pm to enable sufficient time for transfer from airport to hotel, hotel check-in and transport to the Meet and Greet Event that will start at 7 pm that evening. The recommendation, however, is that teams should plan to arrive on Wednesday 10th September so that their players have Thursday to practice. Departure date will be Sunday 15th September.
The Asia Expat Pool Challenge is of course about much more than just the Challenge and winning the trophy. It is also about expat pool players getting the opportunity to network with other players from other cities in an enjoyable and “collegial” setting.
Approximately 200 players and supporters from the visiting cities are expected in Jakarta for the 2013 Challenge – and to sample the unique delights of the city – with a liberal amount of expat flavouring added!